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Normandy has an exceptional cultural, historical and architectural heritage, but would you be able to say which sites are the most visited?


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Normandy has an exceptional cultural, historical and architectural heritage, but would you be able to say which sites are the most visited?

The most visited site in Normandy is the Mont Saint Michel and its abbey, still on the right side of the Couesnon River! More than 2 million visitors a year throng its charming alleyways, the jewel in the crown of the Manche region.

The American military cemetery at Omaha Beach, with its thousands of white crosses perfectly aligned in front of the ocean, receives more than 1.7 million visitors a year.

The two other most visited places in Normandy are the Basilica in Lisieux and Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, where more than 600 000 visitors a year stroll in the gardens which inspired the master of impressionism.

Picture credit: Thomas Jouanneau


The Norman hot dog, with a taste of the sea!



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Students from the ESIX School of Engineering, based in Caen and Cherbourg, brilliantly flew the flag for Normandy at the recent Ecotrophelia competition for culinary innovation, organised by the Vaucluse Chambers of Commerce and supported by the French Association nationale des industries alimentaires.

Hotdog Normand So Sea's
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Four Norman students carried off the bronze award for their project So Sea’s: vegetarian hot-dogs made from seaweed sausages and distributed by a tricycle seller called l’algovélo (the seaweed bike). A lovely way to bring together the fashion for nomadic food and Normandy, a region with a maritime outlook and at the forefront of innovation! And to show that excellence and creativity are not only on the plate, the team from ESIX also carried off the Communication and Marketing Prize.

A promising start for these future agri-food engineers!!


Welcome to Normandy!


In 2016, Normandy has been ranked the second best French region for its welcome of foreign tourists by the local population!


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In 2016, Normandy has been ranked the second best French region for its welcome of foreign tourists by the local population! Far removed from the stereotype of the taciturn and inward looking Normandy of yore, the Normans have proved themselves to be an open and welcoming people, in the same way as their region. Large events, internationally renowned festivals, places of memory and more, our region is skilled in welcoming the world! At a time when tourists are looking for a new experience in Normandy, the welcome offered by the Normans is that little bit special!

Source : enquête de référence Travelsat Competitive Index, cabinet TCI Research.


At the Elysée Palace, the bread is Normand


The prize for the best baguette in Paris was awarded to “La Parisienne” bakery.


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In the spring, the prize for the best baguette in Paris was awarded to “La Parisienne” bakery, in the 6th arrondissement of the capital.   

But don’t be fooled by the name. At “La Parisienne”, the boss is Norman, originally from the village of Blangy-le-Château, in Calvados. Mickaël Reydellet, who studied in Lisieux, first got his hands covered in dough with the help of his mentor, also from the Pays d’Auge, Olivier Petit, who is the owner of two bakeries proudly named “Aux Castelblangeois”, in Paris and Neuilly.

Today, ten years after opening his first bakery, he owns six outlets in Paris, and employs 60 staff. But the ultimate prize is that, thanks to his award in the spring, it’s the bread from his bakery which will be served at the table of the President for the next year!